Rave act, Divine Ikubor, better known as Rema has revealed that he left gospel music for Afro-Pop to make money to fend for his family following the deaths of his father and brother.
The Mavin Records artiste made the revelation Rubbin’ Minds show, televised on Channels TV.
“I was still in Benin when that switch happened. A lot of people thought that when I got signed, I started deviating.
“No. Actually, life was tough in Benin. I’m not that guy to ask the people in church to pay me because I’m doing God’s work.
“Right there in Benin, I started going to competitions, going to bars, lounges, political rallies; just trying to get on the stage and hold a microphone, to at least get sprayed some money to come back home and feed my family, because we were going through tough times.
“I lost my father and brother and I needed to come through for my family. At that point in time, I felt like that’s where I started spacing out; little by little, until I just exiled.”
The ‘Lady’ singer narrated that it wasn’t so much of a smooth transition for him and his mum, saying, “It was weird for me and most especially for my mum because she was well known in church. I didn’t do any much explaining. I just told her to trust me”.